It takes a certain kind of person to stand around in public, brandishing firearms and demanding that they get their way. It’s a certain type of person to believe that the proper way to make a political statement is by reminding the public that they have big guns. It’s often that same type of person who listens to guys like “father’s always right” Douglas Phillips, who resent women in the workplace, demand control of womens’ bodies, and who vote for guys like Todd “legitimate rape” Akin. Bearing all that in mind, this particular revelation might not be especially revelatory to most.
As we’ve reported a couple of times in the last few days, the women of Mothers Demand Action for Gun Sense in America had some special visitors at their four-person rally in Texas. Their rally, held at The Alamo bar, was a counter-protest to the (technically illegal) gun rally held at the actual Alamo — the one organized in part by Open Carry Texas, and attended by Alex Jones. Their special visitors came in the form of a dozen armed counter-protesters from OCT, who posted up nearby and made sure that the women never lost sight of their firearms.
We all know that desperate acts of intimidation like this are the calling card of the Right, and of gun nuts in particular. The president himself called the Republican threat of default “a gun to America’s head.” Would it be any great shock to hear that MDA founder Shannon Watts said to Ed Schultz on Monday that
“As a member of this organization, I get death threats and threats of sexual violence against myself and my daughters on a daily basis.”
“Seeing people intimidate you with guns, that’s something the Taliban would approve of, not our founding fathers. That is not what the Second Amendment is intended to do.”
Very true, Shannon. Then again, you know what the Taliban WOULDN’T do? They wouldn’t get bored after two hours and go over to Hooters. Presumably as a show of respect for women in the workplace.
Maybe they’re just not the type.
(The guys just went for the wings…the three females in attendance — only one of whom was in the earlier group photo — came for job applications.)